A French fine dining restaurant that used to serve more than 20kg of foie gras every week has announced that it plans to become 100 per cent vegan in the next two years.
Gauthier Soho is renowned for its traditional French cuisine but chef and owner Alexis Gauthier has steadily turned his attention to vegan fare as interest in and demand for vegan food continues to grow.
The restaurant currently offers an increasingly popular vegan tasting menu, ‘Les Plantes’, after chef Gauthier decided to go vegan himself, which has proved popular with celebrity fans like movie star Benedict Cumberbatch, environmentalist Al Gore, and ethical fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Gauthier began to ditch animal products in 2016 following protests by PETA, which ultimately led to him deciding to go vegan. Now, the two-star Michelin chef has revealed that he wants to make his restaurant 100 per cent vegan in line with his own ethical beliefs.
Speaking at the Restaurant Congress event in London he said: “[PETA activists] were saying I was a horrible person because I was using foie gras.
“I thought about it and started to listen to what people had to say about the suffering of animals and thought ‘what am I here for? Is this really the future?'”
Gauthier added that he didn’t want to keep ignoring what was happening in animal agriculture and made the decision to stop creating any more new dishes that required animal-derived ingredients, stating:
“The pure creativity has to lie with veganism. Within 18 months to two years, we will hopefully be 100 per cent vegan.
“People will know there will be no impact on animals when they come into our restaurant. We are going from serving 20kg of foie gras every week five years ago to having no impact on animals, which I think is wonderful.”
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